Monday, April 03, 2006
I finally made Amy Butler's Covington bag with the Tracy Porter fabric I got recently. I've had the pattern for awhile, but just never got around to making it. I'm so glad I did. I learned so many things that are probably very obvious to anyone who makes bags a lot, but I now feel so enlightened about the bag-making process.
-Fusible interfacing rules!!! I've used the sew-on stuff in the past. Fusible saves a ton of time.
-The pattern pieces have straight edges, so I used my straight edge and rotary cutter. I didn't even have to pin the pattern to the fabric. The fabric practically cut itself. Look ma, no scissors.
-Who knew that the little drawstring mechanism worked like that? Two separate drawstrings working against each other to pull the bag tight. Hmmmm. I'd never really thought about it before.
-Straps. Ah, the straps. Cutting wide strips, ironing them in half and then bringing the two edges into the middle, ironing them down and then folding in half. Sewing close to the edge on both sides. Looks so professional.
Sorry if it seems like I'm blabbering, but the whole experience was very good for me. If you've never made this bag, I highly recommend it. I now feel like I can go out and conquer the world!